Whoa.. so, I have a story for you:
So, as most of you know, Lauryn and I are engaged and working on the wedding planning process. Venues, Photographers, etc. We aren't planning anything huge, but we still need a place to do something.
Lauryn's secondary family lives in the Joplin, MO area, and her cousin is getting married this week, so we shot down there today (Thursday) to spend some time with family! On the way through though, we decided we would cruise by a new and popular wedding venue that is absolutely gorgeous. We were possibly considering it for our wedding, and even as vendors, we like to know about places as such!
So, Lauryn, Michelle (Lauryn's mom and the owner of Bride Path, an online wedding planning service), and I started down 44 and pulled off towards the venue. It was a little bit of a detour, but a leisurely country drive on a gloomy Thursday is no problem. About twenty minutes after we got off the exit, winded through the roads, and made a few wrong turns (Lauryn was driving...), we arrived at the beautifully ornate (and open) iron gate with the name of the venue designed into it. We were set back by the beauty of the venue as we pulled into the driveway, impressed with details such as the gate, the lake, the bluff, the way the one-way road that wound to the venue, the venue itself, and the brand-new black SUV parked out back. As we paused with wonder, we were lost in the sight of the lake and the architecture of the guest house and venue.
Suddenly, the lights of the SUV turned on, it backed up abruptly, and it suddenly went into drive.
You can see it: quickly in reverse, and then a sudden change of direction, the SUV slides backwards on gravel, and then moves forward with a cloud of dust, tires spinning.
So, at this point, we can't believe what we're seeing. Being in a one-lane, Lauryn throws it in reverse and backs up the 20 feet or so we were pulled in. The SUV flies (drifts) around the lake and bee-lines for us, dirt and rocks flying in the air, even going off the road at one point to shave time off of their record from the last time they ran someone off. At this point, Lauryn pulls into the road with abandon and puts it in drive. Fearfully, she guns it, and within SECONDS, the SUV is within 5 feet from us, going roughly 55-60MPH. As we increased speed, so did they, obviously chasing us off. We got about a mile away from the venue, they backed off, pulled into a driveway, and turned around.
No, this isn't a plot for Fast and Furious 9: Happily Never After. This is nothing more than a paranoid and unprofessional venue. As a vendor who serves around 100+ couples every year, I will be placing this venue on our blacklist. Also, we are in the unique position of being a medium-sized wedding vendor and being an engaged couple who is looking for a wedding venue we've never been to. I suppose this venue will continue to remain on that list for us.
Now, as the sun sets on this story, I'd like to say that the bluffs were beautiful. 😉
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